Cal head football coach Justin Wilcox on Friday welcomed his first 4-star recruit as class of 2018 4-star wide receiver Nikko Remigio made a verbal commitment to play for the Golden Bears.
Remigio announced his decision on Twitter.
— Nikko Remigio (@nikkoremigio) June 16, 2017
This is an important commitment for Wilcox as he tries to establish his recruiting identity after many stints as a defensive coordinator — most recently at Wisconsin. Remigio committing to play at California is an indication that Wilcox means business on the recruiting trail.
Remigio chose Cal over heavy interest from, coincidentally, Wisconsin as well as other major programs like UCLA, Nebraska, Tennessee and Colorado.
Remigio, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound wide receiver from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., is rated as a 4-star recruit, according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 299 overall prospect in the 2018 class and the 50th-best wide receiver in the country. 247Sports also regards Remigio as the 36th-best football player in the loaded state of California.
What makes this more special is Remigio’s ability to be such a diverse weapon on offense. He can line up easily on the outside or in the slot and thrive in both settings. His versatility is a major reason why he is moving up the recruiting rankings.
Remigio also possesses amazing speed and is elusive on the field, while making great cuts as a runner. His athleticism and versatility should make him a feared weapon that Wilcox can build around on offense.
Remigio just needs a little seasoning, but his upside can’t be denied.
One of the major reasons Remigio picked the Bears was his belief that Cal is on to something special with the new coaching staff. Remigio also connected with wide receivers coach Nick Edwards, as Ryan Gorcey of Bear Territory wrote.
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“Coach Nick Edwards, the receiver coach, is outstanding. Really intellectual guy,” Remigio said. “Coach Edwards tested me mentally in his office, just asking me a whole gang of questions about Berkeley itself, what football means to me, even down to asking me what type of plays I prefer to run from the outside and the inside,. That’s what really stood out to me. Passing all those tests that they gave me was what I really think helped me get that offer.”
With the addition of Remigio, Wilcox and the Bears now own the 46th-best recruiting class in the country and fifth-best among Pac-12 teams.